Christians are called to seek God and His Will, not our gratification, because it will lead us nowhere.
How would pursuing the things of the world lead you away from Christ? What could you do to prevent it?
Seeking God’s Will is our highest priority, outside of our salvation. Yet, so few Christians spend the time to do this! What can you do to create a mindset for yourself and your church that the Will of God is not just a task, an end to find, or just a set of goals; rather, it is a hunt and a journey?
How would this help in your church’s faith development and response to Christ’s call?
Of the 20,000 pastors that we have helped equip and train in the last 10+ years that are far better Bible teachers than this yahoo, less than 1% have a car and less than 10% own a home. And they each planted more than 1 church and God used each one to bring many people to Christ, (new converts not sheep swapping the spiritually immature), , and some have actually really healed someone…. Who is the real loser?
It was this sense of his true home being in the Kingdom to come that helped Schaeffer to be a man with such a generous heart. When his books started selling very well (there was even a Time magazine article about him), he began to receive substantial royalties. This new-found financial prosperity did not change him. Half of all the royalties immediately went into the L’Abri general fund. He and Edith, in addition, would give a very substantial personal gift to every worker in L’Abri at the end of each year. He understood, in a way that very few Christians do, that we are called to be laying up treasures in heaven rather than on the earth. He took the Lord very seriously when he read Jesus telling us that “no man can serve two masters. It is impossible to love God and money.”
The word, stewardship, simply means to manage someone else’s property. For the Christian, as Scripture proclaims everything belongs to God, we manage the property of our Lord. Since everything belongs to Christ, we need to have the attitude and view that our things are His things, our stuff is His stuff, that all we could have now, all we have lost, all we will have, is His, including our very bodies and spiritual gifts. We are mere lessees of the property, money, relationships, talents, time, and even our lives. That means all that we are and all that we have are not really ours to begin with. They belong to God. So, the duty of the Christian is to learn how to become responsible stewards of our Lord’s resources entrusted into our care. It means to manage everything to the best of our abilities for His glory (1 Cor. 4:2).
Verses on Stewardship: Psalm 24:1; Proverbs 3:9-10; Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Ephesians 5:15-16; James 1:17